Step out into the great outdoors at Yew Point Estate Hodson Bay, and experience 140 acres of unspoiled meadows and woodlands right on the hotel’s doorstep. With beautiful views over Lough Ree, guests can enjoy a peaceful stroll around our 3.5 km loop along the lake. Soak up the magical forest walks, fairy trails and stunning nature in this hidden gem.
Viking Mike: Boat Tours
Viking Tours is an exciting one-of-a-kind experience. When you hop onboard the Viking-themed vessel, you step back 1,200 years. The ship’s captain, Viking Mike, shares stories of the Vikings who once made their home on the shores of Lough Ree. From Easter to Halloween, the Viking Ship sails daily from the pier opposite the Hodson Bay Hotel. All sailings are return, excluding the last sailing of the day. To embark on this cruise, you will need to wait at the outer quay wall of the harbour, and there are signs in the area to direct you. Check here for the latest sailing times at www.vikingtoursireland.ie/public-sailings/sailing-times/. Tickets can be purchased onboard or online at www.vikingtoursireland.ie. Use discount code HOD10 and save.
Bay sports is located on the doorstep of Hodson bay Hotel. Sitting on the West Shore of Lough Ree is Ireland’s largest inflatable waterpark. Visitors can enjoy the waterpark which features kayaking, paddle boarding, pedal boats, rafting, dragon boat and powerboat courses. Wetsuits are available for hire onsite. It is recommended to bring a towel, spare socks, a swimsuit, and a wetsuit if you have one. *SEASONAL
Glendeer Pet Farm
With cute animals, playgrounds, fairy trail, obstacle course, and lots more, Glendeer Pet Farm really does have something for children of all ages. Glendeer has both indoor and outdoor picnic and play areas, so it is a great place to go in any weather.
Explore Lough Boora Discovery Park throughout the seasons, 365 days of the year. Choose from five treks and trails, whether you’re looking for a quiet walk or exciting bike trail, Lough Boora has something for everyone. Lough Boora Discovery Park is a short drive from Hodson Bay Hotel
Lough Key Forest Park
The 350-hectare Lough Key estate is open all year round for the public to explore. Take a self- guided tour featuring the tree canopy walk, to learn about the history of the estate while you explore the grounds. This historic back drop features a landmark cluster of unique attractions with a lakeside centre, perfect for family days out.
Located at the crossing point of the River Shannon, Athlone Castle has been at the centre of many of Ireland’s sieges and battles. Travel back in time following a series of eight modern exhibition spaces where the story of Athlone and the castle is discovered through panels, interactives, authentic and replica artefacts, touchable objects, and games
Dun Na Si Heritage and Amenity Park
Dún na Sí is named after the local folklore that some lone hawthorn bushes (often known as fairy bushes) once marked the presence of a ‘fairy fort’ which previously existed in the park. This Heritage Park commemorates the traditions and activities of rural Ireland throughout time, and their Amenity Park provides a beautiful space which celebrates an appreciation of nature.
Athlone Equestrian Centre
Locate a short drive from the hotel, Athlone Equestrian Centre is the perfect place for a family day out. Set off on a trek into the forest with expert guides, this activity is perfect for begginers and experienced riders. Kids can enjoy pony play classes at the stables as well.